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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 17, 2011 2:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

I think the Grateful Dead would have been utter crap at doing Steely Dan tunes. It would be like sending a fish up a tree to pick bananas.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Oct 17, 2011 3:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

Jerry, Phil and Billy could handle SteelyD covers easily...well covers isn't the correct term, they would've plated SD GD stlye.

As for the others, not so much. On keyboards,Tom C. would've come the closest.

This post was modified by user unknown on 2011-10-17 22:08:14

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 17, 2011 3:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

Dan done Dead would be a disaster.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Oct 17, 2011 3:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

You don't think Bobby could pull off "Do It Again"? He was/is a pretty good cowboy singer...sometimes

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 17, 2011 4:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

In a word, no.

And Do It Again might pull a cowboy trope or two but that doesn't make it a cowboy song, young Billy.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Oct 17, 2011 6:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

rob I had no idea you were such a Steely Dan fan. To be honest, I like most of their stuff too. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on "the boys" covering SD. From a talent standpoint, I stand by my assumption that Jerry, Billy Phil and Tom could've pulled it off. However, from a stylistic standpoint, I don't really think they would've tried it. But we can agree on Bobby not being up to "Do It Again". War, on the other hand, would own that tune.

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Oct 18, 2011 1:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

"Own that tune" ?

Have you been watching Simon Cowell in Pop Idol / American Idol / X Factor perchance ?

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Poster: user unknown Date: Oct 18, 2011 2:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

In a word, "No." Though Simon's acerbic wit is somewhat legendary among the "televisionistas", I cannot be counted among the faithful when it comes to his "talent show" vehicles.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 17, 2011 2:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

Fagen w/ Brent:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnn6wqNDJTo

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Oct 17, 2011 2:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

That's Michael McDonald !

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 17, 2011 3:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

The difference b/w the two? Ever see them at the same time? Who other than MM could have written "Never Trust A Woman"?

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Oct 17, 2011 2:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

now thats very cool!!!!

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Oct 17, 2011 2:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

I loved when Fagen did that at last year's Mountain Jam as part of the huge ensemble playing for Levon Helm's birthday.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 17, 2011 2:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

But the vice would very much not be versa.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 17, 2011 2:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

I have to agree. The Dead could cover a vast amount of musical territory, but Steely Dan is too...idk the word...perfect sounding?

out of all the band members i think bk would be best suited for steely tunes.

edit: phil would be able to keep up the with the dan too

This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2011-10-17 21:17:32

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 17, 2011 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

Phil's very good at what he does, but Becker and Fagen wouldn't even let him out of the rehearsal room. Bill, maybe...

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Oct 17, 2011 2:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

No way, Phil couldn't fill Chuck Rainey's boots.

I think Jerry could have acquitted himself on some of their tunes tho', as well as Billy K.

Donald Fagen would blow Brent and Keith away on piano in my opinion, so no prize for them either.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 17, 2011 3:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

pig could easily replace fagen.

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Oct 18, 2011 9:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

I don't think so.

Pig did some 'stuff' on the organ, I have not heard him play the piano on any Dead numbers. He may have done, but it wasn't exactly his forte (excuse the pun).

He's not even in the same league as Keith or Brent, never mind Donald Fagen.

This post was modified by Jacky Hughes on 2011-10-18 16:53:12

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 18, 2011 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

that statement was meant as a joke. pig was well suited for the experimental, bluesy, psychedelic, and sometimes sloppy music he played with the early Dead. but pig wouldn't be allowed to sit in with steely dan probably based on looks alone, never mind his very subpar technical skills as a pianist. i honestly can't even see jerry pulling off steely dan. they weren't meant to though, but it's a fun discussion topic nonetheless.

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Poster: Jacky Hughes Date: Oct 18, 2011 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan

Sorry, I missed the irony in your post. My mistake.

Have a listen to some of Jerry's more jazzier solo stuff e.g. circa Legion Of Mary or Reconstruction.
I think he might have just got by and in my opinion could have certainly given Jeff Baxter a run for his money.

But certainly, he is no Larry Carlton or Jon Herington.

One things for sure though, the Dead's vocal abilities would never have cut it.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 28, 2011 11:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dan - light up or leave me alone

http://www.jambands.com/news/2011/10/28/steve-winwood-sings-pretzel-logic-with-steely-dan/